Prostate enlargement is extremely common in men over the age of 50 and affects many men over 60. Often men are reluctant to see the doctor about these sorts of issues but, with an increase in the number of stories in the media about prostate problems, this is bound to change.
Prostate enlargement is usually nothing to do with prostate cancer and is due to benign prostate enlargement (BPE). The prostate sits just underneath the bladder and, as it enlarges, it can block the way out of the bladder making the flow of urine increasingly slow and intermittent when a man passes urine.
In time this can lead to other effects on the bladder, such as wanting to go more often and having to get up a lot at night. This can lead to disturbed sleep for both themselves and their partner. Additionally, some men find that they’re having to rush to the toilet without much warning as the bladder is trying to empty even when it’s not completely full. Eventually, men can get to the point where they cannot pass urine at all and this is when a catheter would need to be inserted.
For most men, things don’t get this bad, but they have slowly worsening enlarged prostate symptoms that they may put up with for a long time and not even realise until things are treated how bad the situation has got.